Graduate Programmes

Advanced Delivery Graduate Programme

Advance Delivery Graduate Programme

Innovation is the lifeblood of legal technology.

Technology isn’t just changing how we practice law, it’s revolutionising it. At A&O, we’re driving that revolution. From artificial intelligence to data visualisation, project management tools to data-driven decision making, we are transforming the way we service our clients and help tackle their toughest challenges. We are one of the world’s most digitally-led law firms, with innovation driving both the services we offer and the ways in which we deliver them.

That’s where our Advanced Delivery Graduate Programme comes in. This programme sits at the heart of our firm, acting as the engine behind our digital transformation and helping us to redefine technology across the legal field. Through this programme, we recruit high-calibre graduates and train them to help design, drive and deliver technology solutions and services across our firm.

When you join us, you’ll rotate through four areas in Advanced Delivery & Solutions – our Markets Innovation Group, Project Management Office, Legal Tech and eDiscovery teams. This way, you won’t just be learning from a range of experts, you’ll be helping us to innovative our solutions and service delivery from every angle.

Eligibility

A-levels – minimum AAB. Degree subject – various but ideally STEM or Economics.

Application window

14 December 2020 – 14 January 2021

Applications are currently closed.

Advanced Delivery & Solutions Explained

Discover how our culture of innovation and cutting-edge technologies are transforming our industry. Find out about the four rotations you could undertake on the Advanced Delivery Graduate Programme.

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Legal Tech Team

In recent years, technology has played a far more disruptive role in our firm and changed the way we deliver legal services. The speed of evolution in this area has increased dramatically in the last 12 months. In diverse fields such as AI, data extraction, data visualisation and rules-based analysis, technology is creating new ways for our clients to solve problems.

While studying Human, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge I also joined my College's Law Society to investigate whether a legal career would best suit me. During my time with the society, I attended numerous dinners and events with various law firms. Soon after, I jumped at the opportunity to apply for the position at Allen & Overy and to explore a variety of career paths within the legal industry. Initially starting as a Legal Project Assistant, I then joined the Advanced Delivery Programme. I’ve found it has been really beneficial to receive the same training as the legal trainees, which has ranged from understanding finance, developing client value propositions to story-telling and presentation skills. The presentation skills training certainly came in valuable, as I recently presented on using the Kira system for mergers and acquisitions at the Corporate Academy, which had 50 attendees from clients in 10 different countries. I also recently ran a session with one of A&O’s key Life Sciences clients on AI and Data Extraction. This was a great way to gain insight into the core challenges that our clients are facing and present to them technologies that could help based on our experience. I have also had the opportunity to travel to New York for Fuse U.S. Week, which was an intensive, but fantastic experience. I really enjoyed working with the New York team, and had great exposure to A&O’s key banking clients. The week really opened my eyes to the internal everyday challenges for in-house legal teams.

Georgia
Advanced Delivery Graduate
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Project Management Office

The Project Management Office provides legal project management tools, training and support to our lawyers, enhancing the delivery of our legal work and setting us apart from our competitors. Supporting us on our most complex matters, the PMO is an essential resource that makes change possible.

I started the Advanced Delivery Graduate Programme in September 2018 and I am spending my first year with A&O’s Legal Project Management Team. I studied an LLB at the University of Liverpool followed by an MSc in Law & Finance at the University of Oxford. During my masters, I became increasingly interested in the innovative developments in working practices that were occurring in the legal profession. The Advanced Delivery Programme at A&O was the perfect fit for me, as it is the first scheme of its kind to offer graduates opportunities in the growing areas of Legal Technology and Project Management while at the same time offering the same standard of training as trainees on the traditional training contract, which includes a course on Financial Economics and other training modules in the Professional Skills Course. The programme puts you at the coalface of change in the legal profession by placing you alongside the leading innovators in the development of new technological solutions. Unlike a traditional training contract, the programme allows you to sit across all the practice groups in A&O. I may begin the day managing multiple jurisdictions involved in a property transaction and end the day directly advising a client on how best to manage the workstreams and budget of a Brexit related matter. If you thrive when face with variety and complex problems then I would really encourage you to apply to the scheme.

Daniel
Advanced Delivery Graduate
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Markets Innovation Group (MIG)

The Markets Innovation Group (MIG) is one of the firm's newest practice areas and focuses on developing specific legal solutions for clients using new technology, drawing where necessary on other aspects of the firm's Advanced Delivery products and services.

Our clients are experiencing large-scale legal and regulatory challenges at an unprecedented level, and we are determined to lead from the front. MIG is a dedicated team of A&O employees which develops solutions for our clients’ large-scale legal and regulatory challenges.

To date, MIG has brought six leading tech-based solutions to market. Each of these was accompanied by an A&O-led industry working group operating out of Europe, the U.S. and/or APAC. To find out more about our Markets Innovation Group programme, click here.

I was drawn to the Markets and Innovation Group (MIG) precisely because of the work they do. The team is made up of ICM and Banking lawyers who are subject matter experts in both areas of legal technology and the law. The members of MIG therefore have a dual role: to imagine and develop market-leading legaltech tools for A&O’s clients and to support these clients every step of the way with high-quality legal expertise. This duality has not only allowed me to hone my legaltech skills, building on the strong foundation I received whilst working with the legaltech team; but has also allowed me to develop my legal transactional knowledge and learn from some of the best lawyers in the industry.

Katie
Advanced Delivery Graduate
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e-Discovery

Data populations associated with litigation, arbitration and investigation matters are getting more complex and growing in volume. To enable our lawyers to make informed and rapid legal decisions, we have embedded legal technology solutions directly into our working practices in order to better help us interrogate structured, semi-structured and unstructured data sets related to our clients’ matters. To find out more about our e-Discovery, click here.

The future of litigation lies in technology and how we harness it in conjunction with legal expertise to meet the clients’ litigation challenges - striking the optimal balance between cost, risk and quality. A&O’s eDiscovery business is taking the first step in meeting this challenge by rolling out our combined legal and technology methodology - offering RelativityOne - to our clients across the globe.

Scott Robson
Global Head of e-Discovery
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What we look for

We look for individuals with potential and passion. As well as a fascination with all things technology, we want to hear from open-minded, innovative candidates with a future-focus. These are the skills that will set your application apart and set you up for success. There isn’t one ‘type’ of person we’re looking for: we welcome applications from finalists and graduates who are passionate about commercial law and innovation with a degree background in Economics or a STEM subject.

Our clients rely on us for more than just outstanding legal advice – they trust us to guide them through uncertain times, deliver business growth and advise them on the future. If you have the ability, ambition and the determination to make that happen, then you will be a strong candidate for the Advanced Delivery Graduate Programme.

Application Process

This application process comprises several stages:

1. Online application

This is your time to stand out. We are interested in your journey to date, your areas of interest and in particular, why this role appeals to you. In this stage, you will answer several short essay questions and complete a Situational Judgement Test.

2. Assessment day

If your online application is successful, the next stage will be a virtual assessment day composed of two one-on-one interviews:

The first interview will be a case study, focused on the type of work you will be exposed to in this role. You will have time to work through a short brief and prepare a short presentation to deliver to your interviewer. This will be followed by a discussion on the key points from the case study.

The second interview will assess your skills, knowledge and motivation for a career in our Advanced Delivery & Solutions Team.  In addition, you will be asked a series of questions based on scenarios you would encounter during the graduate programme